Medical Profile

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-06-12 17:09:55 -0500
Started 2008-06-02 17:02:53 -0500

To help family members and/or friends as you enjoy traveling and visiting others this summer season, take a few moments to make a medical profile of your medical history that may help in an emergency. Start by including your vital information: name, address, date of birth, important phone numbers to call in an emergency, blood type (if known), medications (include what kind, dosage, etc), medical history, any allergies, (any other illnesses and/or surgeries) you have had. Also include your physician's name and phone number(s) for contact by emergency staff, if neccessary. You can actually type this "profile" like a resume…believe me, it does help ! I have been doing this now for six years. When I am traveling, I keep my info in my purse or glovebox of the car, where it can be found by rescuers or family/friends. This information can give you and your caregivers more time to act on your behalf, should you be having an emergency. Make sure you do the same for other family members…or encourage them to do their own profile. Have a great & safe summer !

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emily - 16239
emily - 16239 2008-06-12 17:09:55 -0500 Report

thank you, have any of us thought of this? and then said
n a ah, got busy without giving it another thought.
thanks again, this time i will follow thru and do it,cause
i should.

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-06-03 04:10:27 -0500 Report

This is a great idea to have. I've carried two laminated cards with me for a long time — one has basic emergency information, including medical conditions, doctor phone numbers and emergency contacts. The other lists various symptoms of a low and gives instructions how to treat. It also has a copy of my ekg on the back, since I have an irregular heart beat that emt's may not know is normal for me. I've also added a line to my MedicAlert — "Green Cards in Wallet with Emergency Information". Haven't needed them yet, and I hope I never do.

Lucinda - 16535
Lucinda - 16535 2008-06-03 12:45:34 -0500 Report

Thanks much for this idea. I will be sure to make an emergency list for my purse with all the needed info. :) Cindy

ncnurse1459 2008-06-04 05:13:53 -0500 Report

Hi Lucinda…thanks for your response. Hopefully, all will take time to do this important information paper for all their family members, even the kids, whether they have had illnesses or not. Parents could include date of birth, allergies to meds, insects, etc. and/or next of kin to be called should anything happen to them in an emergency. Angie

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-06-04 05:54:51 -0500 Report

It's actually a great idea for kids, diabetes or not, and that's where I got the idea. My ex-wife and I have cards made up every year with our daughter's relevant information, including age, DOB, blood type, relevant phone numbers, addresses, doctor, nearest pharmacies. We attach it to her backpack, give it to her teachers and babysitters, and more. We have not needed to use it either, but it has helped us get the backpack back when it has gotten lost.
Another thing — don't forget to have at least one number in your cellphone address book listed as "ICE" - In Case of Emergency. Just in case you can't make the call yourself.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-04 05:11:14 -0500 Report

Hi Jonathan. You have yet another great idea…never thought about adding an EKG to the list ! Good that you've never had to use them, but better to have them, and not need them, than vice versa ! Angie

Ginetteb 2008-06-02 23:54:08 -0500 Report

What great advice! I recently spent 3 weeks in Canada and although I had all of my medicine with me, they were not readily available if I had been implicated in an accident for example. As for the list of medicine, I do have a full list in my purse at all times, and I also keep a list of my husband's medicine, but now, I'll add our medical information to it.
Thanks again for helping us to think.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-04 05:07:33 -0500 Report

Hope this helps you as much as it does me. I already had a few medical issues when I married my husband, and to help him remember my conditions, I decided to make this profile. All he had to do is know where I kept it ! Have a great summer ! Angie

Bren62W 2008-06-02 21:17:05 -0500 Report


What great advice. I travel a lot with my husband and adult daughter, as I can't drive long distances alone due to a disability, who both know my conditions, (diabetes, asthma, etc.) very well and how to treat my attacks, etc. I have always felt safe knowing they were there and I could always rely on them. Don't know why, but I never really considered the possibility that they could both be incapacitated too, car wreck, etc. Duh!! I guess sometimes we get comfortable and complacent with our situations and tend to take things for granted. Thank you for your post. I plan on printing out a profile before we leave next month on vacation.

Thanks again,

morris.js 2008-06-02 23:42:09 -0500 Report

I keep an up to date medical information list in my wallet at all times. With it being on my computer, it is easy to keep updated. I then reduce the paper size, print it out and it fits nicely.
Every time I have ever had to go to the hospital for emergency services or surgeries, they are amazed and grateful that the information is typed and easy to read.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-04 05:01:46 -0500 Report

You are prepared. For most men, it would be best to have this down-sized to fit their wallets. Hopefully, more men will follow our advice. Angie

ncnurse1459 2008-06-04 05:00:21 -0500 Report

Hey Bren…Thanks for your reply. I hope this will encourage others to do the same. Think about your parents, grandparents, grandchildren, as well, when doing the medical profile. (I did them for my parents as well, so they are prepared in an emergency!) Angie

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